More than one billion people, primarily in the Third World, are suffering from hunger. Although it is no doubt that terrorism is a great threat to human beings, I believe that world hunger should be treated as a more serious problem for the following three reasons.
First, world hunger have a more pervasive influence on the world than terrorist attacks. World hunger causes malnutritions among almost one-third of the world's population. According to the UN report, nearly eight million people are dying due to world hunger annually, while the death toll under terrorism is around thirty thousand. From this fact, it is obvious that world hunger exerts a wider impact on the globe.
Second, world hunger is one of the root causes of terrorism. People are apt to commit a crime or resort to violence when their security is not assured. Needless to say, food shortage is one of the life-threatening issues for people in needy countries, and in the worst case scenario, it will give rise to terrorist acts. In contrast, people with sufficient food would not usually perpetuate such acts of terrorism. In other words, without world hunger, the possibility of act of terror would be much lower.
Third, world hunger is more threatening in that it is closely related to natural factors. As we all know, what humans could do when natural disasters occur is very limited. Forces of nature such as draughts or flooding are so unexpected and beyond control, it is highly likely that food shortages brought about by these natural power are much harder to handle. Though terrorism is also caused unexpectedly, it is still possible to predict or deter to some extent, since terrorism is incited by humankind, not environmental factors.
For the three reasons mentioned above, more pervasive influence on the world, the root cause of terrorism, and the direct relation with nature, I believe that world hunger is the greater threat to human beings than terrorism.
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